Michael Forte
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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Series 62 Convertible, Aspen White
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Jun 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm wrapping up my interior restoration (slight custom) and the last part I need for the doors are the vent window handles.  The ones I have are pitted so I need new ones and I'd like…Continue

Glove box script mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All,Does anyone know where to get the barrel nuts (or whatever the original method is) to mount the glove box script?  I assume that's what holds it in place.  My car had a stick-on script when I…Continue

63 Convertible Top Switch and Escutcheon Needed

Started Mar 5, 2017 0 Replies

Looking for one with no pits on the escutcheon.Continue

63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 7. 2 Replies

Wanted: interior rub guard for a convertible.  Attaches to the rear-most edge of the quarter trim panel.  It's a small stainless piece with one screw attaching it.  See photo.  Need the right (pass)…Continue

 

Michael Forte's Page

Welcome to my page!  I got my first Cadillac in 2015 - an Aspen White '63 Series 62 Convertible.  I'm here to learn from others and share what I've learned with my car, hoping to maintain the interest in these great American classics.

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Seat belt restoration

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am 4 Comments

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 15 Comments

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 8 Comments

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 55 Comments

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Congrats!   Glad you were able to solve it!  Enjoy it!"
Aug 14
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I have mine on the outlet tube as close to the evaporator case as possible, basically next to to other capillary tube.  It’s under the sticky tape stuff you see in the picture below. "
Aug 1
Michael Forte liked Joe DiIaconi's discussion Just got my triple chrome 64 Cadiilac Couple Deville rear bumper center section
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Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Dana, just to understand this...you said below that the evaporator outlet is frosting but the evaporator body wasn't cold.  Both the inlet and outlet should be very cold and if so, I can't imagine why the body would not be unless it…"
Jul 25
Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana You are responding to a thread from 2017 Just a heads up Good info is always welcome here Enjoy"
Jul 25
Dana G Cooper commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Mike, if you are on here right now, how did you attach the expansion valve capillary and cycle switch capallary to the evap outlet and at what position. thanks"
Jul 25
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I installed the Old Air STV kit when I converted to 134a and it functions perfectly in the hottest weather.   It eliminates the function of the STV and instead uses the temperature controlled relay to regulate the refrigerant flow by cycling…"
Jul 25
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"There's a nice diagnostic chart in the shop manual, and the temperature/pressure chart is in there as well.   You should also check to see that the water control valve is off and not sending hot water to your heater core.  That would…"
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M123 liked Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
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Michael Forte replied to Kim K Kaiser's discussion Rear axle leak. Got into it today with pictures for comment
"Mack, just wanted to say thanks for providing the detailed info on the parts.  Much appreciated!"
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Seat Reupholstery

Started by Carl H Baxter in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Jason Edge 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

I need the front bench seat reupholstered with original style material. This is a 1963 Park Avenue with #44 Trim. If anyone can suggest a Cadillac experienced upholsterer it will be appreciated.…Continue

Need help finding a part

Started by Kraig Wire in General Discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

I’m trying to locate a new bushing for my 63 Park Ave. Can anyone tell me the name or a part number or if you know where to buy one ? This is where the accelerator rod attaches to …Continue

Current 1963/64 Cadillac Listings on eBay

Started by Jason Edge in For Sale. Last reply by Jason Edge 19 hours ago. 0 Replies

To see all 1963/64 Cadillacs Listed on eBay in the USA…Continue

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WTB:. Eldorado horn and or "High 'C'" horn

Started by David Peden in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Russ Austin 22 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi there--I don't believe my car has the High 'C' option or at least I don't see a 3rd horn, but I'd like to add one or the Eldorado horn. Does anyone have one they'd mind selling?I have a 64…Continue

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63/64 Cadillacs for sale

Posted by Frank Herrera on December 10, 2018 at 7:41pm 3 Comments

Hi fellas!!

Well I recently found a guy here locally, who’s got about 8-9 63/64 Cadillacs convertible and hardtop coupes. I also recently found a 64 convertible Eldorado. I really want to purchase it here shortly. If anyone wants to buy it off me or the guy selling it, let me know ASAP. It’s really a great price. If anyone is looking for anything let me know. If you have Instagram my handle is @caddikingheartbreaker. You can also message me on here. I’ll check back from time to time. Or… Continue

Although the radiator was not leaking, nor was the car running hot, I tool out the radiator today to have it boiled out and rodded out. Then I changed the oil and filter (filter is very easy to reach…

Posted by Norman Silverman on December 8, 2018 at 9:29pm 15 Comments

Although the radiator was not leaking, nor was the car running hot, I tool out the radiator today to have it boiled out and rodded out. Then I changed the oil and filter (filter is very easy to reach with the radiator out), then the thermostat got changed. 

I'll have the radiator back from the shop on Monday, and will reinstall it then. 

Still having…

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'63 Bumpers on L.A. Craigslist

Posted by Ian Osborne on December 8, 2018 at 1:30am 0 Comments

The front lower ends are gone but what's there looks to be in decent condition and a fair price in today's market. I have no connection, just passing it along in case it might work for someone.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/pts/d/1963-cadillac-bumpers-1963/6764419645.html

Retro Sound Radio

Posted by Ray Schick on December 5, 2018 at 5:34am 0 Comments

Retro Sound Radio

am-fm  30 pre-sets  built in amp 18 watts, 40 watts peak x 4 channels 

user control bass,treble,fader & balance. Push button styling.

aux input for IPod. Power antenna and amp turn on…

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